Dash Around The World: Your Summer Travel Outlook


By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca/Delray newspapers
Say good-bye to winter and a big hello to summer travel season.
Take advantage of the strong value of the dollar world-wide. In Europe, due to the fall in value of both the pound and the Euro, prices on the airlines, hotels, meals and sightseeing are at their lowest level in years.
With the number of new ships,and riverboats entering the market, the supply of inventory is outpacing the demand. Thus, prices have also come down for Mediterranean and Baltic cruises. Lower air prices are also contributing to the advance demand. The one bright spot has been that the fall of the euro and pound against the dollar has been the value of traveling at this time. Prices on the airlines, hotel, meals and sightseeing are at their lowest in years. Europe has increased the security at the airports and tourist sites, and the discount foreign carriers have brought down the airfares. I’ve also seen a drop in price on a number of the riverboat cruises in Europe. Travel is still strong to Italy, Scandinavia, and Iceland.
The 100th birthday of our National Park system brought a sell-out summer to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon and it looks to repeat again this summer.  This includes escorted motor coach tours, as well as self-drive trips.
Alaska was another highly desired destination. More ships cruised to Alaska then ever before. The seven night cruises from either Seattle or Vancouver up the inside passage to Glacier Bay, or the cross-gulf cruise up to Anchorage with extension to Denali and Fairbanks attracted many families. New riverboats have been added to the Mississippi and Columbia Rivers.
As we go to press, it was just announced that the sailings to Cuba will be continued past May.  The Fathom Adonia, which was the first ship to break the embargo with seven day cruises to  Havana, Santiago and Cienfuegos will be returning to Europe at the end of May. The Norwegian Sky will be sailing every Monday from Miami on four night people to people cruises, with two days in Havana, and one day at Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. The Sky includes free drinks.  Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas will also be sailing out of Tampa to Havana with short cruises. With new scheduled air service from both Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, air prices have been lowered. There is a shortage of hotel rooms in Havana, and still a requirement for people to people, so hotel prices and tour packages are still high.
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